Tag Archives: E-rate

More time to file… E-rate forms (not your taxes)

Maze

Today, the Schools and Libraries Divisions of the Universal Service Administrative Company (USAC), which administers the E-rate program, announced that it will extend the current form 471 filing window through May 26. For libraries and consortia, a second window will open to extend the filing window for those two groups until July 21. This additional window is in recognition of ... Read More »

E-rate does not suffer fools

FCC Building in Washington, D.C.

Today, ALA submitted a request to the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to extend the 2016 E-rate application window.  This year’s application process has proven challenging, in large part due to the new online filing system, the E-rate Productivity Center (EPC). While the online system has a number of benefits to the applicant, the roll-out of this entirely new system has ... Read More »

Talking telecom at Howard University

Founders Library, Howard University

Yesterday, I gave a guest lecture in an undergraduate course on communications law at Howard University. I provided a high-level overview of some of the most pressing telecommunications topics in the library community’s “policy hopper” today – including e-rate and Universal Service, net neutrality and spectrum policy. I even offered my standard patter on 3D printing and its policy implications. ... Read More »

Free webinar: LibERate the Telecommunications Act of 1996! — Making E-Rate Make Sense

DC Digital Commons. Photo by Phil-Freelon.

WHAT:  Free PLA webinar! Presented in partnership with the ALA Office for Information Technology Policy (OITP). WHEN:  Thursday, 3/3/2016 2:00 PM-3:00 PM (Eastern) 1:00 PM-2:00 PM (Central) 12:00 PM-1:00 PM (Mountain) 11:00 AM-12:00 PM (Pacific) We’ve all heard about the massive changes to E-rate over the last couple of years. As we’re in the midst of filing for the 2016–2017 ... Read More »

Libraries celebrate 20th anniversary of telecom act

Libraries are celebrating the 20th Anniversary of the 1996 Telecommunications Act this week!

When the 1996 Telecommunications Act was signed into law, only 28% of libraries provided public internet access. What a dizzying two decades we’ve experienced since then! It’s hard to imagine how #librariestransform without also considering the innovations enabled by the Act and the E-rate program it created. Libraries were named one of seven major application areas for the National Information ... Read More »